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Avios Ireland: Supervalu, a new Irish credit card option and how HfP will cover it

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This article covers some new options for earning Avios via the new AerClub scheme in Ireland.

How HfP intends to cover Avios earning in Ireland

Before I go on, I want to write briefly about how we intend to cover the new Avios scheme in Ireland.  This is my starting position:

The majority of HfP readers are UK based and are not hugely interested in Avios earning opportunities in Ireland

There is no business model, at the moment, to justify a separate site

Aer Lingus is not being hugely co-operative so far

This is how I intend to operate in the short term:

Avios earning opportunities with AerClub which non-Irish residents can take advantage of (eg bonuses for crediting hotel stays, car hire, flights etc to AerClub) will run as main articles online and will be emailed to our subscribers as usual

Avios earning and spending opportunities which are only of interest to Irish residents – such as the two deals below – will in future run as a fourth daily article.  They WILL appear on the website, on Twitter, on Facebook, on Apple News, on LinkedIn and on Flipboard.  They will NOT be emailed to our subscriber list because the vast majority of our 9,000 subscribers would see them as irrelevant.

If you live in Ireland and JUST want to receive our Aer Lingus coverage, you could do so via an RSS reader which is set to receive the following:

SuperValu now officially launched as an AerClub partner

Whilst Tesco has a major presence in Ireland, AerClub has teamed up with supermarket chain SuperValu.

(Is it still possible to use a UK-issued Clubcard in Irish Tesco stores, and thus earn points in the UK Clubcard scheme which can be converted to Avios? Do let me know.)

You earn one Real Rewards point for every €1 you spend in SuperValu.  You can convert Real Rewards points into Avios at the rate of 1:1 with a minimum conversion of 50  points.  This makes it roughly half as generous as the Tesco partnership which gets you 2.4 Avios per £1 spent.

Until 31st March, you will receive 250 bonus Avios when you make your first conversion from Real Rewards to Avios.  Full details can be found on the SuperValu site here.

Bank of Ireland credit card

SuperValu opens up a Bank of Ireland Avios card option

If you have a Bank of Ireland personal credit card, you can now leverage this to earn a handful of Avios points on your day to day spending.

If you link your Bank of Ireland credit card to your SuperValu Real Rewards account, you will receive:

1 Real Rewards point for every €1 you spend in SuperValu on your credit card

1 Real Rewards point for every €10 you spend elsewhere

Frankly, 1 Avios point per €10 spent is weak.  It even makes the 0.25 – 0.3 Avios per £1 on UK Visa and MasterCard products look good.  However, if you’re doing the spending anyway, you might as well get some rewards.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

30,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital on Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (25)

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  • sam says:

    we shop in superValue in the north and i am not aware of the rewards scheme here. if it is they do not push it. hope im wrong! sam

  • Sean says:

    I used my UK Tesco CC in Dublin yesterday as I always do. I have never had issues using it in the ROI. So it does work and has done for the last few years. If it will not scan then select “Item does not scan” as if it is a food item and enter the full number in then press enter.

    Supervalu Northern Ireland is not part of the rewards scheme and a different company registered in NI so no earning possible at NI stores. I checked this with them last week.

    As for AerClub 2 months on and like the guy above I still can not log in to my account to complete registration. 4 calls to the desk who pass it to IT who never get back to me. I am assured my number is active and my flights are credited.

    Award for best disasterous launch of a loyalty program goes to Aer Lingus without a doubt. They really are amateurs.

  • Sohan says:

    There is the Irish Tesco credit card which gives Clubcard points.

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